Ahoi Ashtami Vrat 2017
Ahoi Ashtami Vrat Muhurat
12th October 2017
Ahoi Ashtami Puja Muhurat = 18:14 to 19:28
Duration = 1 Hour 14 Mins
Evening time for seeing stars = 18:39
Moonrise on Ahoi Ashtami = 24:27
Ashtami Tithi Begins = 06:55 on 12/Oct/2017
Ashtami Tithi Ends = 04:59 on 13/Oct/2017
Ahoi Ashtami Vrat Panchang
Kartika Krishna(7/8 Saptami/Asthami)
Saka : 1939
Samvat : 2074
Samvat (Kartikadi): 2073
Determination of Date
For the long life of children Ahoi Ashtami is celebrated on Kartik Krishna Ashtami falling at Pradosh (evening). If Kartik Krishna Ashtami falls on two days but falls or does not fall at Pradoshkaal then it is celebrated on Second day otherwise first day.
Significance & History of Ahoi Ashtami Vrat
Ahoi Ashtami Vrat is observed by mothers for the well-being of their sons. The Ahoi Ashtami is usually celebrated in the months of October-November or the Karthik month (specifically the 8th day after full moon) in the Hindu calendar. The Ahoi Ashtami fast and prayer are almost similar to that of Karwa Chauth. People from different parts of North India celebrate the fast with a few variations.
The story of Ahoi Ashtami relates to a woman who lived in a village with her seven sons. During the process of renovating and painting her house, she went to the forest to bring soil. This was during the month of Karthik just before the Diwali festival. While digging the soil, the axe accidentally falls and hurts a cub in a nearby den. Subsequently, the cub dies and the woman feels sorry and responsible for what happened to the cub. However, she takes the soil from the forest and returns home.
Over the next year, her seven sons die and she feels it is fallout of what happened with the cub in the forest. Unable to bear her guilt, she confesses her sin to some of her neighbors in the village. The neighbors tell her that by confessing her sin she has almost negated the effect of her sin. As atonement for her sin, they also suggest that she offer prayers to the goddess Ashtami Bhagawati by sketching the face of the cub.
So, the woman fasts on the Karthik Krishna Ashtami by praying and observing a fast regularly. She eventually gets back all her seven sons by the power of her prayer and ever since it becomes a ritual to worship the goddess Ahoi Ashtami Bhagawati every year. This story became popular and even today mothers fast and prays to Ahoi Mata for the well-being and bright future of their sons.
How to Observe Fast
This fast is observed for the long life of son. Mothers fast all day and offer prayers to Ahoi Mata. They wake up before sunrise, have some refreshments and proceed to the temple to offer prayers for their children. The fast ends in the evening when the moon appears. Some families also break their fast once they see the stars in the sky.
The picture of Ahoi Mata is painted on a wall and a bowl of water is placed on it. Printed calendars, posters and pictures of Ahoi Mata are now available and can be used in place of the wall painting. An untwisted red colored thread is wrapped around the bowl of water and the edges are smeared with turmeric powder and placed on the left of the picture. Then the story of Ahoi Mata is read out by an elderly lady in the household. All the other women sit down to listen to the story.
The other essentials required for the prayer include grains that are placed in a plate and positioned in the center of the picture. The food offerings include puris, halwa, boiled channa and jowar, etc. Of late, people have been offering sweets that their children like to eat. Money offerings are also placed before the Mata's picture. Once the reading of the story is done, the sweets and money are distributed among children and elders of the family. Some families also have the tradition of making a garland with silver coins or keepsakes. They keep adding to this garland when a child is born in the family or a son gets married. Every year the Ahoi Mata picture is adorned with this garland and this tradition is passed on to future generations. Establish Kalash. Keep one calendar of Ahoi Ashtami Puja in front of you and read Ahoi Ashtami Vrata Katha. Offer oblation of Kheer and have food only once on that day.
Mantra : "Om Ahoi Devyai Namah"
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